University of St. Thomas reopens following bomb threats

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on April 11, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 4:02 PM

HOUSTON -- Two separate bomb threats sent to the University of St. Thomas forced officials to evacuate and close the campus early Thursday.

A spokesman for the Houston Police Department said it was around 6:20 a.m. when a school employee received an e-mail about a possible bomb in the library. Police moved in and shut down the library, but a few hours later, another threat was sent in.

The second threat was phoned in to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, prompting school officials to send a massive alert to staff and students.

"All students, faculty, and staff should stay away from campus until notified that it is safe to return," the statement read. "To help ensure safety of personnel and property, officials are investigating this threat. Thank you."

Police brought in dogs and searched the campus, including the library and an administration building, but nothing suspicious was found.

The campus was reopened at 3:30 p.m.

Police said if the threats were someone’s idea of a prank, no one is laughing.

“They will not think it’s funny when we come knocking on their door,” said a police spokesman. “We most likely will track these people down, and they will be charged with a terroristic threat.”

Classes and events were canceled until further notice. An HPD official said if the sweep of the campus continues to turn up nothing suspicious, then the university could reopen as early as 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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